The outside of Sudbury Hall.

Sudbury Hall

A child-friendly National Trust stately home and Museum of Childhood.

Approx 10 miles away


Sudbury Hall is the historic country home of a branch of the Vernon family and is notable for its magnificent exterior brickwork.

The Museum of Childhood is situated in the Hall’s old service wing.  Their website describes it as a delight for all ages - discover something new, or relive nostalgic memories. Explore childhoods of times gone by, play with toys and share stories. Try your hand as a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian school pupil, and be captivated by archive film and interactive displays.

Sudbury Hall is run by the National Trust and entry is free to members. There is a cafe. In 2022 it made newspaper headlines with reports of it being "dumbed down" for children.

You get an excellent view of the outside from the road and it is worth taking a detour from the A50 just to admire the brickwork.

Travel from Ashbourne

Sudbury Hall is about 10 miles from Ashbourne.

Head south along the A515 out of Ashbourne, to Sudbury village just the other side of the A50. It is signposted when you get near to it.

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There is no scheduled bus service.

See our buses page for more information on Ashbourne buses.

By bike the best route would be a 25 mile round trip leaving Ashbourne via Wyaston Road. Its mostly flat and the roads are quiet.

It's too far to walk.